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Brock Turner sentenced to six months in county jail, three years probation

Brock Turner sentenced to six months in county jail, three years probation”

Brock Turner's six-month jail term for sexual assault of an intoxicated, unconscious woman on the Stanford campus previous year is a setback for the movement to take campus rape seriously.

Turner's attorney, Michael Armstrong, had requested in a presentencing memo that Turner receive a four-month sentence in county jail and three to five years of probation.

The judge, Aaron Perksy, cited Turner's age and lack of criminal history as factors in his decision, saying, "A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him ..."

A jury found Turner guilty of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated/unconscious person, penetration of an intoxicated person, and penetration of an unconscious person.

She urged Persky to deny Turner probation and send him to state prison, arguing "the fact that Brock was a star athlete at a prestigious university should not be seen as an entitlement to leniency, but as an opportunity to send a strong cultural message that sexual assault is against the law regardless of social class".

"The punishment does not fit the crime", Rosen said.

Deputy District Attorney Alaleh Kianerci had called Turner a "continued threat to the community" and asked the judge to sentence him to six years in state prison.

Persky acknowledged that it was a hard decision and that the sentencing terms reflect several factors, including Turner's intoxication, character letters submitted to the court, adverse collateral effects stemming from high media coverage and the defendant's apparent remorse. "Rape is rape. We will prosecute it the same".

In the prosecution's sentencing memo, Kianerci pointed out that Turner lied to probation officials, saying he was an inexperienced drinker from a small town in OH, when text messages dating back to high school show he frequently used alcohol and drugs including marijuana and LSD.

After his father Dan Turner read a letter attesting to his character, Brock Turner read a statement to the courtroom in which he expressed remorse to the victim and her family.

"I can never forgive myself", he said.

"You don't have to buy Turner's story that he so was drunk himself that he did not realize she had passed out", Herhold wrote. "If anything, this is a reason for all of us to speak even louder".

 

 



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